- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) - A century-old theater in the southern Illinois city of Du Quoin (doo-KOYN’) has closed.

The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports (http://bit.ly/1P63TNW) Du Quoin’s economic development director, Jeff Ashauer, says the Grand Theater will be closed indefinitely.

The Grand Theater has been a fixture on the city’s Main Street since 1914.

The city loaned theater owner Richie Baker $20,000 last year for new digital projection equipment. City officials say none of the money has been repaid.

Ashauer says the city will seek input and ideas about the theater’s future. He says the structure is functional, but needs improvements.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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